Meaning of COURSE in English


n. & v.


1. a continuous onward movement or progression.

2 a a line along which a person or thing moves; a direction taken (has changed course; the course of the winding river). b a correct or intended direction or line of movement. c the direction taken by a ship or aircraft.

3 a the ground on which a race (or other sport involving extensive linear movement) takes place. b a series of fences, hurdles, or other obstacles to be crossed in a race etc.

4 a a series of lectures, lessons, etc., in a particular subject. b a book for such a course (A Modern French Course).

5 any of the successive parts of a meal.

6 Med. a sequence of medical treatment etc. (prescribed a course of antibiotics).

7 a line of conduct (disappointed by the course he took).

8 Archit. a continuous horizontal layer of brick, stone, etc., in a building.

9 a channel in which water flows.

10 the pursuit of game (esp. hares) with hounds, esp. greyhounds, by sight rather than scent.

11 Naut. a sail on a square-rigged ship (fore course; main course).


1. intr. (esp. of liquid) run, esp. fast (blood coursed through his veins).

2 tr. (also absol.) a use (hounds) to hunt. b pursue (hares etc.) in hunting.

Phrases and idioms:

the course of nature ordinary events or procedure. in course of in the process of. in the course of during. in the course of time as time goes by; eventually. a matter of course the natural or expected thing. of course naturally; as is or was to be expected; admittedly. on (or off) course following (or deviating from) the desired direction or goal. run (or take) its course (esp. of an illness) complete its natural development.


courser n. (in sense 2 of v.).

Etymology: ME f. OF cours f. L cursus f. currere curs- run

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.